Michelle Kwan sits in the kiss and cry area at the 2002 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

The kiss and cry is the area in an Ice rink where figure skaters wait for their marks to be announced after their performances during a figure skaters; the skaters and coaches often Kiss to celebrate after a good performance, or cry after a poor one. The area is usually located in the corner or end of the rink and is furnished with a bench or chairs for the skaters and coaches and monitors to display the competition results. It is often elaborately decorated with flowers or some other backdrop for television shots and photos of the skaters as they react to their performance and scores.

The term was coined by Jane Erkko, a Finnish figure skating official who was on the organizing committee for the 1983 World Figure Skating Championships which were held in Helsinki. Erkko came up with the name when visiting television technicians who were mapping the arena prior to the event wanted to know what the area was called. The term is now used officially in the International Skating Union Regulations.


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